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Guardian Council passes law to develop nuke tech

TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s hard-line Guardian Council on Saturday approved a law forcing Iran to develop nuclear technology, including uranium enrichment, an action aimed at strengthening Tehran’s hand in negotiations with Europeans. The law’s passing does not compel the government to resume uranium enrichment immediately, but it insists the Tehran …

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Reform a must after Lebanon polls

BEIRUT — Lebanon has averted financial meltdown despite an acute political crisis. Initial pressure on its currency has eased. The tourist season may yet be salvaged. But analysts say full recovery will come only if reforms to rein in its ballooning $34 billion debt top the agenda after general elections …

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Iraq unveiles Massive security offensive

BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraq’s government will pour tens of thousands of Iraqi troops into Baghdad in an unprecedented operation to seal off the city and hunt insurgents who have launched a fresh wa ve of violence, ministers said on Thursday. Defence Minister Sadoun Dulaimi said 40,000 Iraqi troops would be …

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